Kakuda (角田市, Kakuda-shi) is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 May 2020[update], the city had an estimated population of 28,539, and a population density of 190 persons per km² in 11,494 households. The total area of the city is 147.58 square kilometres (56.98 sq mi).
Kakuda city hall
Location of Kakuda in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yasushi Ito|
|• Total||147.53 km2 (56.96 sq mi)|
(May 31, 2020)
|• Density||190/km2 (500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Live Oak|
|- Flower||Japanese Gentian|
|Address||Kakuda Azadaibō 41, Kakuda-shi, Miyagi-ken 981-1592|
Kakuda has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Kakuda is 12.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1259 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Kakuda peaked in around the year 1950 and has been in slow decline since.
The area of present-day Kakuda was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and was the location of Kakuda Castle during the Sengoku period. It was part of the holdings of Sendai Domain during the Edo period under the Tokugawa shogunate.
The town of Kakuda was established with the creation of the post-Meiji restoration modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It annexed the neighboring villages of Kitago, Sakura, Nishine, Higashine, Fujio, and Edano on October 1, 1954. Kakuda was raised to city status on October 1, 1958.
Kakuda has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 18 members. Kakuda, together with neighboring Marumori, contributes one seat to the Miyagi Prefectural legislature. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Miyagi 3rd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
Kakuda has a mixed economy based on light manufacturing of automotive parts and electrics, and on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of soybeans and plums. The area was traditionally noted for its sericulture.
Kakuda has eight public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the city government and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped.
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Noted people from KakudaEdit
- Shinichi Ito, motorcycle racer